Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks and More for Lifelong Learners!

Do you want to learn a new skill or hobby? Are you interested in learning more about an important life issue such as health & wellness, finances, or finding jobs & volunteer opportunities? Or do you want to borrow the newest DVDs, Audiobooks, and Large Print materials?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then come to the library to see a display of the latest library materials for lifelong learners! A list of the materials will soon be added to the library's lifelong learners web page.

Many of these new library materials were purchased using grant funding through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Author Visits, Guest Speakers, Presentations and Art Exhibits!

The library offers a variety of interesting events for all ages. Please join us for a program soon! You can learn about upcoming library events and programs by reading the library's online events calendar.

See pictures of recent events that have been happening at your library by visiting the library's flickr account!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Della Hardman Day 2009 Events!

Fri, July 24 - Sunset Concert, The Spirituals Choir, Jim Thomas, director, East Chop Lighthouse 7 p.m.
Fri, July 24 - 'Savor the Moment' High School Essay Contest Winners announced
Sat, July 25 - 'Savor the Moment' Photo Exhibit & Reception, Oak Bluffs Public Library, 2 p.m.
Sat, July 25 - 'Savor the Moment' 2010 Calendar published by Oak Bluffs Public Library
Sat, July 25 - A Jazz Tribute to President Obama, Ocean Park, 4 p.m.
Mon, Aug 3 - 'Savor the Moment' Della Hardman Day Prize, All Island Art Show, The Tabernacle


Don't miss....A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA! Words & Music by Columbia Law School professor PATRICIA WILLIAMS, columnist, The Nation, & saxophonist OLIVER LAKE, composer and painter. Saturday, July 25, Ocean Park at 4 p.m.

More information about Della Hardman Day:
This is the fifth annual Della Hardman Day, a festival celebrating the arts, diversity and a zest for living on the magical island of Martha's Vineyard. Della Hardman (1922-2005), an artist, educator and writer, began visiting the Vineyard at age 3 and was a year round resident from 1986. She loved the island and its people and became a community activist and Vineyard Gazette columnist who encouraged everyone to 'savor the moment!'

The event, sponsored by the the Town of Oak Bluffs, began in 2005 when Dr. Della Hardman’s former West Virginia State U. students honored her with a weekend tribute.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vote in our new lifelong learners poll today!

Have you visited our Lifelong Learners webpage yet? It is a great resource for finding information about Finances, Health, Technology, Home & Garden, Work & Activism, and Local History.

You can even change the text size on the web page for an easier reading experience!

While you are there, vote in the lifelong learning resource center poll and take our survey to help us provide a high level of service to lifelong learners in the community.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Summer Newsletter Available - Online or in Print

Stay informed about library events, services and resources by reading the latest issue of our new library newsletter - Books & Beyond!

Print copies are available at the library or you can be green and read it online. Ask a friendly library staff member for a copy today!

Past issues of Books & Beyond can be found at the About the Library webpage of the library's website.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Savor the Moment—Art Exhibition & Celebration

Please join us on Saturday, July 25th at 2 PM, for the Opening and Artists’ Reception for the “Savor the Moment” photography exhibit.

This is the second year that the library has held a contest to select images for the “Savor the Moment” calendar. Contest judges were photographers Alison Shaw and Donalexander Goss; and Francine Kelly, Director of Featherstone Center for the Arts. Photographs were judged on the artful representation of the “Savor the Moment” theme during all four seasons on the Island. The calendar is published to honor Della Hardman, a former library trustee, in conjunction with the 5th Annual Della Hardman Day, which is celebrated in Oak Bluffs on the last Saturday in July. Please visit for more information about Della Hardman Day events.

The photography show will be at the library through August 8th. Copies of the calendar will be available for sale at the library.

Friday, July 03, 2009

England, China, Africa - A Travel by Book Update!

The first discussion in the Adult Summer Reading Program took us from England to China. Simon Winchester's book, "The Man Who Loved China", made for a lively discussion.

Several attendees had visited China and shared their interesting experiences with the group. They recommended reading books by Ha Jin, Amy Tan, and Jung Chang ("Wild Swans") to anyone interested in stories with plots relating to China.

One lucky participant in the discussion won a Black Dog Coffee Mug for attending the meeting. More prizes will be awarded at the future meetings, courtesy of our sponsors, the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.

Please join us for another fun and thoughtful discussion on Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30 AM. Copies of the book to be discussed, "Out of Africa" by Isak Denisen, are available at the check out desk at the library.